Apple dumplings are an old-fashioned favorite among families that appreciate the fruit's sweet taste and scent. The dumpling's other start component is the pastry, flaky and crisp. Sometimes, though, you may have a bounty of apples on hand but not enough time to make a pastry dough. For those times, you can make a quick apple dessert with cake mix instead. The spicy-sweet concoction will delight the taste buds and using the cake mix streamlines the preparation.
Wash the apples and slice them into quarters with the paring knife. Peel and core the apples and slice them thinly.
Place the sliced apples in a saucepan. Add water, brown sugar and cinnamon to the apples and stir the ingredients well.
Set the saucepan on the stovetop and turn the burner to medium-high. Cook and stir the apple ingredients with the wooden spoon until the apples soften--approximately 10 minutes.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the hot apples into the baking pan.
Combine the spice cake mix and the milk in a mixing bowl and stir to incorporate the ingredients. Drop the cake mix ingredients over the apples in 2-tbsp. portions, spreading them evenly over the apples.
Preheat the oven to 375 F and place the baking pan in the warm oven. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Remove the cake turns a golden brown.
Cool on a rack for at least 20 minutes before serving.